LANGLEY (NEWS 1130)– Retail cannabis could be coming to the Township of Langley within the next few months, according to Mayor Jack Froese.
The town’s council voted unanimously to pass bylaws to allow retail cannabis in Langley Monday night.
“Last night, the Township of Langley passed the bylaws that will allow for retail cannabis sales. The report was a report basically on the public consultation that stats held, and the results that came in– the policies were framed around that,” Froese says.”The first and second readings passed last night, it’ll go to a public hearing on the 23rd. So we’ll hear from the public again but in more of an official way.”
Froese said that hundreds of people participated in a survey on the topic and a few public open houses were held in October.
“But this was after some extensive consultation, we had a survey that went out and over 1400 people responded to it and a few public open houses that were held in October,” he says. “We got good feedback. So based on that, we’ll go ahead with the bylaw and let’s say public hearing comes next meeting, and then we’ll see if we can pass third and fourth reading that night, or if not, in a subsequent meeting.”
Froese added that some of the eight outlets permitted by the bylaw could be popping up very soon.
There are seven cannabis retailers planned in Langley for each community, plus another nearby the Highway 1 interchange at 200 Street.
“I know there are at least two operators who are looking to establish, and that may have already put applications in. But the applications couldn’t be processed unless we have the bylaws, the mechanisms,” he adds. “So I believe there’ll be some ready to go fairly quickly, and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
While other municipalities are still mulling over whether to allow retail cannabis, Froese foresees people travelling from outside of the township to investigate Langley’s new pot shops.
“We’ll see how the other municipalities go ahead. Maybe they’re all waiting to see,” he said.
Anybody who wants to open a retail cannabis outlet in Langley will also have to go through a zoning process for their store’s location.
With files from Tina Dommer.